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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep. 10

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POINT GUARD –

 

FSF- Matthew Dellavedova- Cleveland Cavaliers-  Is suffering from left knee soreness. He sat out the last game and it is unclear if he will play friday. Dellavedova essentially went from watching from the bench in Milwaukee to earning 20 minutes a night with the Cavs, so it’s not surprising that his knee has flared up. This translates to more minutes for Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson. Stay tuned.

 

BOB- Dennis Smith Jr.- Dallas Mavericks-Update: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is saying it is possible he rejoins the team on the three game road trip but it is highly unlikely that he will.   His back up J.J. Barea is ready to return to the line after sitting the past 2 games dealing with a left ankle sprain.

 

FSF- Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 12/19/18:Rajon Rondo has been recalled from the G-League following Tuesday’s practice.Rondo will go through a full practice with the Lakers’ squad on Thursday, and barring a setback, it sounds like there’s a decent chance he’ll be able to return to the floor for Friday’s game against the Pelicans. Once Rondo is back in the rotation, Lonzo Ball’s value will take a decent sized hit. With Lonzo finally looking like a number 2 draft this is a huge blow for fantasy owners.

 

BOB- Goran Dragic-Miami Heat-  Is expected to miss 6- 8 weeks after going under the knife. To have a arthroscopic knee surgery.  At the very least, it sounds like Dragic will be out through the All-Star break, and with just 16th round value on the season, he’s not really worth clinging to in most settings. Tyler Johnson will be one of the primary beneficiaries while he’s out, and there will also be more minutes available for Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr.

 

FSF- Elfrid Payton- New Orleans Pelicans- He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his fractured left pinky, and he’s expected to miss the next six weeks of action. This timetable would put Payton back on the court by January, but with just late-round value on the year, it’s tough to justify stashing him in leagues that don’t offer an IR-spot. There isn’t really an obvious pickup with this report, but we should see Jrue Holiday handling the rock more in his absence.

BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- Coach Nick Nurse said he doesn’t anticipate Kyle Lowry (dealing with a left quad contusion) being available for the Raptors upcoming Friday-Saturday, back-to-back set. Lowry has missed the past three games for Toronto due to the quad issue, and it sounds like we won’t see him again until after Christmas. Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he’s out, and there will be more minutes available for Delon Wright in the second unit. Kawhi Leonard will also see a slight uptick in usage

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Allen Crabbe-Brooklyn Nets- Is suffering from right knee soreness that has held him out the past 4 games.This will again result in Rodions Kurucs earning another start and there will be more minutes available for DeMarre Carroll. The Nets will return home on Friday for a matchup with the Pacers, and for now, we’ll consider Crabbe questionable for that one.

 

FSF- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls- is suffering from a  left ankle injury that occured last thursday 12/13/18  in the closing minutes of the game against Orlando Magic. He will miss the next 2-4 weeks of action. While he’s out, Chicago will likely be going with a Kris Dunn-Ryan Arcidiacono starting backcourt, with Dunn, Justin Holiday and Lauri Markkanen doing the heavy lifting on offense. The 2-4 week timetable here is based on when he initially suffered the injury on Dec. 13, so two weeks would put him back on the court by Dec. 28, and four weeks will have him back by Jan. 11

 

BOB- Lou Williams- Los Angeles Clippers-Update: He is dealing with left hamstring strain. Most likely grade 1. But todays injury report listed him as questionable. We expected him out till at least until Christmas. This is something to monitor but if nothing becomes of this change we should again see more minutes available for guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Milos Teodosic and Tyrone Wallace.

 

FSF- Bogdan Bogdanovic- Sacramento Kings- He is suffering from a sore right foot. Bogdan’s owners should just sit tight and hope he’s OK for Friday against the Grizzlies.

SMALL FORWARD-

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- Update 12/20/18- Brandon Ingram has been recalled from the G-League.Ingram practiced with the G-league team on Tuesday, and he’ll again go through a full practice with the Lakers when the team returns to Los Angeles on Thursday. If all goes well, Ingram could make it back to the court for Friday’s game against the Pelicans, which will result in Kyle Kuzma’s value taking a slight hit.

 

FSF- Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Justice Winslow who was suffering from an ankle injury  is questionable to play Thursday against the Rockets.Winslow was unable to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, so he should be considered a bit closer to doubtful for Thursday’s game. If he’s out, Wayne Ellington would likely return to the rotation, and there would be more minutes for guys like Derrick Jones Jr. and Dwyane Wade.

 

FSF- Otto Porter Jr.- Washington Wizards-Update 12/17/18-An MRI revealed a Grade II strain of the right Vastus medialis for Otto Porter and he will miss roughly the next week of action.The Vastus medialis is a part of the quadriceps that extends to the knee, and he’ll miss at least the next four games for Washington, so owners in weekly settings will want to leave him on their bench this week. Trevor Ariza should be able to make his Wizards’ debut on Tuesday, so he’ll pick up the majority of Porter’s minutes.

 

POWER FORWARD-

FSF- Marcus Morris- Boston Celtics- Danny Ainge said he expects Marcus Morris (knee) to return to the court for Friday’s game against the Bucks. Morris missed Wednesday’s game with a sore knee, but the Celtics described that as a precautionary absence, so there’s a decent chance he’ll make it back to the court on Friday. Jaylen Brown may return to the second unit with Morris active, and Semi Ojeleye’s minutes will take a hit.

 

BOB- New Orleans Pelicans PF/C-

 

First is Anthony davis went to the locker room twice during a 123-115 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in just 29 minutes.It looked like he may have tweaked his left ankle in the first half for the first locker room trip, but AD returned to the bench minutes later. He then went back to the locker room and didn’t start the second half because of a stomach issue. It sounds like he’ll be OK to play against the laker on friday.

 

Second is Nikola Mirotic-He has been dealing with an ankle injury. He sat out the last game but is listed as questionable for friday’s game against the lakers.

 

Third is Julius Randle he is listed as doubtful to play against the lakers friday. So monitor this situation going forward until opening tip.

 

FSF- Marvin Bagley- Sacramento Kings-Update: Marvin Bagley Is suffering from a left knee bone bruise and is slated to miss 10-14 days until he is re-evaluated.Bagley took a hard fall going for a rebound in Friday’s game against Golden State and left after just five minutes of playing time.

 

BOB-Serge Ibaka- Toronto Raptors-The curse lives my pick of the week last week is hurt. Is dealing with swelling is his right knee is questionable to play Friday against the Cavs.Ibaka missed Wednesday’s game due to swelling in his right knee, and with Friday’s game being the first of a back-to-back set, we’d peg him a bit closer to doubtful. If he’s out again tomorrow, Greg Monroe would be in line for another start and Chris Boucher will be able to get into the rotation.

 

CENTER-

 

BOB- Al Horford- Boston Celtics-Update- Horford remains out due to ‘patellofemoral pain syndrome which is A condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the most common cause of knee pain seen by doctors. It’s common in people who participate in sports, especially women and young adults. So Boston will give him all the time he needs to return without risking a setback. Aron Baynes (hand) is out for at least one month, and until Horford returns there should be fantasy-relevant minutes for both Daniel Theis and Robert Williams.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Picking a knick to get started, Enes Kanter, (drafted by Utah), averaging 15 and 11 this season which are above his career highs, also half a block. The knicks are bad and it doesn’t matter who is shooting, Kanter gets to clean up the garbage around the rim, shooting 85% from the charity stripe.
  2. Steven Adams -Center for Oke City thunder, also averaging well above his career stats at 16,10 and a block, plays the pick and roll, cleans up the garbage and is the enforcer. Averaging 20 over the past 10 games. George is averaging 5 dimes, westbrook is averaging 10, Adams is on the other end quite a bit
  3. How about Joe Ingles, SF for the Jazz, one of the best shooters in the NBA, quietly putting up 12, 5 dimes and 4 boards, career 41% from deep, plays off the ball well and the Aussie plays with a chip on his shoulder. He likes the show and put up 20 the other night during a win against the Warriors

Dr. Feil:

  • Kevin Huerter Rookie SF of the atlanta hawks has been filling in nicely for Taurean Prince (ankle). He’s averaging 12.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. Look for those numbers to continue to rise in Princes absence.  
  • This week I am going to my team the New York Knicks. Going with the Rookie SF Kevin Knox. He is finally looking like the star we thought he would be coming out of summer league. The past 3 games he is averaging 21.7 PPG, 8.3 RPB, 1.3 APG with averaging 30 plus minutes a night.  
  • Trevor Ariza  of the Washington Wizards. With Otter Porter injured I can see this guy taking the wizards to new heights. He is going to take advantage of going from the lowly suns to the wizards and hopefully lifting your line ups.

F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of PT.Educator.com, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 20

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –

 

BOB-Devin Harris- Dallas Mavericks- He tweaked his ankle under the basket in the second half, but the team announced he was available to play. This sounds like a minor injury if the team announced he was available to play thursday. They could of just decided with Jalen Brunson performing at a high level to run with the hot hand. With that said suggestion is to get Jalen Brunson in all leagues if you need a point guard to score. Over the last three games, he has been killing it.

 

FSF-Lonzo Ball- Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo is being shut down for the year. No surprise here with the Lakers closer to a lottery pick then a playoff berth. They could be hitting the full tank mode button. Look for Rondo to finish the year as starter and Alex caruso to back him up. The only one who needs to be owned is rondo.

 

BOB- George Hill- Milwaukee Bucks- Hill is recovering from a Groin strain. He is listed as probable for tonight’s game.If he plays he will play under limited minutes. Donte DiVincenzo, Pat Connaughton and Tony Snell could all see their playing time reduced a bit as Hill re-enters the rotation.

 

FSF- Jeff Teague/ Derrick Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff teague is still dealing with a left foot injury and did not play last nights game. If the Wolves keep losing look for Teague to be a shutdown candidate bringing value to Tyus Jones. Rose is dealing with a sore right elbow. This is his shooting arm and again with the Wolves almost eliminated and with him dealing with his ankle issue he is another candidate to be shutdown.

 

BOB- Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans- Alvin Gentry hinted on Thursday that the Pelicans could shut down both Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) for the final 12 games of the season.  Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence. I like Frank Jackson if both holiday/ Moore on the shutdown bubble .

 

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is dealing with a Sore lower back. DSJ popped up on the injury report on Thursday with the back issue and will miss his first game since being traded to New York. Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to slide into the starting lineup at point guard and will be a popular DFS option. Mudiay when he starts is averaging 16.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28.1 minutes.

 

BOB-Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- is dealing with right knee soreness and has been rules out for fridays contest. Devin Booker will likely be asked to facilitate the offense more frequently on Friday. We don’t have a big add  hear but if you have booker you could see more assist come his way until Johnson returns to the line up.

 

BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- He is dealing with a sprained left ankle injury. He sat out last nights game and Jeremy Lin Started in his place and disappointed in what was a good match up. The projection is for lowry not to be out to long but Lin is only a speculative add at this point. While Vanfleet is still nursing a surgically repaired left thumb.

 

FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- Yes he finally returned monday from his left knee soreness. But last night he injured his right knee. He is having a tough time staying healthy this season. Exum is droppable with playoffs here.  

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB-Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers- He can’t get past his ailing knee issues. Hart is ruled out for fridays contest. With him out, that should put Alex Caruso on as a combo guard while Johnathan Williams should see additional time at the three, as well. Andre Ingram is also a deep-league play. Hart is tough to count on at this point drop him for a healthy body with upside.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Demarre Carrol- Brooklyn Nets- The Nets kept him out on Wednesday because of a hyperextended knee issue from Monday.  He is probable to return to the line up saturday.

 

FSF- Treveon Graham- Brooklyn Nets- is dealing with a back issue and is probable for saturday but it is looking like Kurucs will keep starting in his place. Kurucs would be a decent streaming option for those looking to get a boost to close the week.

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- This headline came in right after we posted last weeks podcast. Ingram, who had missed two straight games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing on Friday which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm. If you recall this is what shut down Chris Bosh,  One clot traveled to Bosh’s lungs and was serious enough that he had to go to the hospital. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms. But for athletes that work out for hours each day, leg pain could just be dismissed as normal wear and tear. So in this case it is a good thing they caught it early address the issue before it gets worse.

 

FSF- Kevin Durant- Golden State Warriors- Coach Steve Kerr said “it’s doubtful” Kevin Durant who suffered a right ankle sprain last game,  plays in Oklahoma City on Saturday. He did practice on Friday and is still listed as questionable. We think they will rest him but he may give it ago saturday against his old team. Look for updates around shootaround.

 

BOB- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers- Moe is dealing with a left knee injury. This is the same knee from the beginning of the year so there is cause for concern. He will not play on Friday. Rodney Hood will start in his place but should not be a fantasy mover in our opinion.

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

Larry Nance- Cleveland Cavaliers- He is dealing with a rib contusion injury that rules him out of thursdays contest. With the way Kevin Love been playing averaging 20.9 points, 11.9 boards, 2.0 dimes and 3.6 treys over his previous eight. He should be in all lineups. What was once a good add mid season has likely run its course and dried up.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets- This guy is still not healthy. He is dealing with Left knee soreness. The coach without Zeller has started many different lineups with zeller out. Coach James Borrego did say that he’s hopeful Zeller will play on Sunday, though. Borrego wouldn’t say who would start, but he started Willy Hernangomez on Monday. Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also benefit.  

 

BOB- Tyson Chandler- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with a neck injury that has ruled him out friday. With the Lakers closer and closer to being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Chandler maybe shut down and played his last time in purple and gold.  

 

Picks for the week:

 

Bobby:

  1. Jason Richardson, SG for the heat,averaging 5 points above his career average at 17 pts he also adds in 4 dimes and 3 assists a games. While D Wade completes his farewell tour, Richardson has been handling business. He does a little bit of everything including finish around the rim as well as shoot mid 80’s from the free throw line. D wade will always be a bit of a distraction for other teams and I actually think that he is going to make a last run at deciding if he has 1 more year which means Richardson gets to fly under the radar a little more. The East is wide open but presently the heat are sitting at 8 seed but only 3 games out of 6th
  2. Demarcus Cousins, Center for Golden State, I hate to pick any one of the Warriors but Cousins is ready to make a statement as the Warriors make a push, he has had a chance to rest for most of the season with the achilles deal and now I think Steve Kerr is going to lean on Cousins while he rests his other all stars, plus drama is brewing with Durrant and Draymond, Cousins has been averaging 16, 8 as well as a block and a half a game but he is capable of doing more, he put up 27 on houston the other night and could probably do it anytime he wanted
  3. Here is my sleeper, Jalen Brunson, PG for the Mavs.  although he has only been averaging 8.5 points a couple of boards and couple of assists, he has been on a tear lately pushing his average up to 20 a game over the past 5 games and his minutes are up around 30 a game, the kid is a great example of what it is to be in the zone. Brunson has found a nice spot playing of the potential rookie of the year and with Dallas being lottery bound again, i think that Brunson continues to get plenty of opportunity to put up good fantasy numbers

 

FSF: Categorize Specifically players who dominate a specific category that can win you your match up for the weak

 

  • Elfrid Payton- Point Guard for the New Orleans Pelicans- With the Pelicans all but in tank mode. Shutting down players like Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore.  I think this assist specialist can pick you up a fantasy playoff win. In his last three games without Jrue, Payton is ranked 20th in 9-category leagues with 14.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 triples and 2.0 turnovers. He’s a must-start player until further notice.

 

 

 

  • Frank Kaminsky- Center/ Power Forward For the Charlotte Hornets. We forgot to mention him in the cody zeller injury. But he has been coming off the bench lighting up the scoreboard for a big man. Kaminsky has thrived in his role in the rotation over the last five, averaging 14.6 points, 5.4 boards, 1.2 dimes, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 treys on a 53/50/77 shooting line. He doesn’t have the most upside because of a lack of defensive stats, but his scoring makes him worth a look in competitive leagues.

 

 

  • Marcus Smart- Shooting Guard for the Boston Celtics- He will not wow you all  the time with his points. But where it counts is his Defensive stats. The man is averaging 2.5 steals per game. To go along with 12.7 points, 2.3 boards, 3.7 dimes, and 2.3 treys. Pick him up and watch as you win your match up before the playoffs.

 

 

Nates Picks: Sleepers is the name of the game. These are people your league mates are overlooking.

  • Jerami Grant-Power Forward- Oklahoma City Thunder- He’s really emerged as a key player for the Thunder and has also been a top-50 fantasy asset this season. Grant averaged 14.3 points, 5.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 0.9 blocks and 1.6 treys on a shooting line. He’s worth owning in standard leagues.

 

  • Robin Lopez Center for the Chicago Bulls- Yes , I said Robin Lopez. If you do not own this man go get him. Ro-Lo’s not owned in enough fantasy leagues and the lottery-bound Bulls should just keep running him out there. Ro-Lo is averaging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks on 55 percent shooting over his last five games.

 

  • Rodonis Kurucs-Power Forward- for the Brooklyn Nets- With how well he has been playing and the Nets looking to secure a playoff spot. Look for the Nets to keep him in their starting line up. Over the last five the rookie forward is  Averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 2.4 three-pointers per game. This guy is a pick up and a start at the position if you are struggling.
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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 19

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Kyrie Irving-Boston Celtics- Irving is dealing with  a left thigh contusion. Coming of a back to back he sat out wednesday night. This could be just a rest day after a big game against the warriors the night before. The Celtics and Irving have made it known they are more worried about the playoffs so expect a few more days in between. What this means is Terry Rozier becomes a must add in all formats similar to last year.  Rozier started Wednesday’s game and put up 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes, making 6-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers.

 

FSF- Goran Dragic- Miami Heat-Update 3/5/19- He is dealing with a left calf strain that has put him out of action the past three games. Our fantasy advice is move on from Dragic if you are fighting to make the playoffs.

 

FSF-Dante Exum- Utah Jazz-update 3/1/19- Dante Exum left ankle sprain is dealing with a bone bruise and will be evaluated on friday. We will monitor the situation but we still advice you drop Exum.  

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Klay Thompson-Golden State warriors- He has missed the last two games while he is dealing with some right knee soreness. The warriors could play it safe with Thompson and rest him on friday as well. We should get more of an update on friday before shootaround to know if he is good to go. If he can’t go, Andre Iguodala, Damion Lee and Alfonzo McKinnie could see more run.

 

FSF- Terrence Ross- Orlando Magic- He is dealing with left achilles soreness that has ruled him out and they play again on friday as they try to hold on to the 8th seed in the east. With that said play Evan Fournier. Over the last five, the seventh-year guard is averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Treveon Graham- Brooklyn Nets- is dealing with a back issue but it is looking like Both Kurucs and DeMarre could be streaming options with Kurucs being inserted into the starting line up.

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with right shoulder soreness. They’ll likely have to go bigger with more JaVale McGee at the five, and maybe Josh Hart is finally starting to get healthy. Ingram before this issue was starting to turn a corner. So hopefully he is not out to long.

FSF- Kyle Anderson- Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle Anderson will receive an anesthetic injection in his right shoulder in an effort to alleviate pain, and another update will be provided in approximately two weeks. With only 17 games left they may just shut him down. Our fantasy advice is to move on from him and get someone with value.

 

POWER FORWARD-

BOB- Trey Lyles- Denver Nuggets- Trey Lyles is dealing with a strained left hamstring and is unlikely to play in the Nuggets’ upcoming three-game road trip. Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee are both playing well and the Nuggets have excessive roster depth, so there’s no reason to think Lyles will help owners when he’s healthy.

 

FSF- Kyle Kuzma- Los Angeles Lakers-The good news is that an MRI and X-ray on Kuzma’s right ankle came back negative and he’s being listed as day-to-day, so maybe he’ll be able to get back out there for Saturday’s game against the Celtics with three full days to rest up. Josh Hart is getting the start in his place but he is not fantasy relevant.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF-Kenneth Faried- Houston Rockets- Faried is suffering from a left hip flexor strain. The Rockets will go smaller again  Gary Clark, Gerald Green and Nene will see some extra minutes with Faried and Shumpert off the floor tonight. We like green as a pick up if available for the short term.

 

BOB-Domantas Sabonis-Indiana Pacers- Indiana Pacers- has been held out of the last 4 games with a left ankle sprain. He won’t be traveling with the team for Thursday’s game, but head coach Nate McMillan did say he’s hopeful that Sabonis will be able to practice on Friday or Saturday ahead of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. Turner will keep tearing it up in the absence of Sabonis.  

 

FSF- Joel Embiid- Philadelphia 76ers- He is dealing with a sore left knee soreness.  Brett Brown said he’s hopeful that Joel Embiid (knee) will be able to rejoin the team in Houston for Friday’s game or sunday against the Pacers.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Trevor Ariza-SF for the Wizards. Veteran journeyman has settled into a nice role in washington and with John Wall out, that gives Ariza plenty of touches. Lets remember this guy has played with some big scorers, Kobe and the Beard and he still knows how to get his shots.  He is kind of a swiss army knife of a player, averaging 12, 4 assists and 5 ½ boards. The guy is a 3 point threat but also fills the lane on a break. I like his role with the Wizards who are trying to figure out who they are and battle for a low playoff spot.Ariza came from Phoenix after signing a 1 yr deal for 15 mil, i think he puts on a show and raises his stock to see if LA will come knocking.
  2. Julius Randle, Center for the Pelicans. Everyone is talking about the Brow going to LA but lets talk about the guys who came from LA, Randle is a beast and he let LA know the other night on what they gave up as he put 35 on them. All year he has been averaging 20, 9 and half a block but he has upped his average over the past 5 games to 25 a game. The guy is 6’9 250 and has the luxury of playing off of the Brow! I think Randle uses the Lakers game make a statement and keep rolling, proving to everyone else there is someone besides the Brow in New Orleans
  3. Here is my sleeper, Terrence Ross, shooting guard for the Orlando Magic. 6 yr guy is averaging career highs in points, assists and rebounds and has found a nice spot usually coming off the bench but averaging 25 minutes a game. He is putting up 15 a game including the other night when he had 28 against league leading raptors.  The magic are sitting at the 8 spot but onl3 3 games put them out of the 6 spot. Role players are what Orlando is made up of and I think Ross will continue to be a big contributor.

 

Dr. Feil: This week Most of our picks have 4-3 games next week. Setting up perfectly for your last playoff push. Before week 22- 24.

 

  • Patrick Beverley Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.  Over the last two weeks the veteran guard has been a top-50 player in nine-category leagues. Beverley’s been able to add stats all over the place with averages of 8.0 points, 7.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.2 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.4 treys. He should be owned in standard leagues. and he’ll be of even greater importance as the Clippers look to lock down a playoff spot.

  • Trae Young Point Guard Atlanta Hawks. Since the All-Star break, Young came into this game ranked second in the NBA in triples  with 26, second in free throws made with 52, third in total points with 206 and third in total assists  with 65. He is making his case for rookie of the year granted we think Luka has it locked up. Look for Young to finish the year strong.

 

  • Kelly Olynyk Power Forward Miami Heat. Olynyk has been one of the bright spots for a Miami team trying to make the playoffs in Dwayne Wades last season.  Since the All-Star break, averaging 17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He needs to be owned at this point in all formats until he cools off if he does.
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